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 Civilian casualties in Donbas reached highest number in June since August 2015, - UN

June has been characterized by intense fighting in the conflict area in eastern Ukraine, resulting in the highest number of civilian casualties in a month since August 2015.

Report from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reads, Censor.NET informs.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 69 conflict-related civilian casualties in June (12 fatalities and 57 injuries).

The majority of the casualties (four fatalities and 37 injuries) were caused by shelling from various artillery systems, including calibres banned by the Minsk Agreements.

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Moreover, 19 casualties (five killed and 14 injured) were caused by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices.

Six civilians were injured by small arms including sniper fire across the 'contact line'. Two boys were killed by electrocution from a power line downed by shelling.

Since the beginning of the conflict, 21,880 people were wounded and 9,470 killed, up to 2,000 of the fatalities were civilians.

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The situation is prone to further deterioration since the parties strive to gain territory in the buffer zone and, in several locations, have been moving their positions closer to one another in the past two weeks.
 
 
 
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